Early this morning, the SKWAWKBOX published a review of its impact in 2017, outlining some of the difference this blog has made in 2017 with the help of its readers, supporters and contributors.
A number of MPs, activists and a leading union figure have kindly commented on our contribution to the Labour movement and society over the past twelve months and consented for their comments to be shared.
I know SKWAWKBOX isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but then journalism shouldn’t be about making everyone happy. Journalism is about challenging power and holding it to account; it’s about poking complacency in the eye and shining a light on vested interests.
By that standard SKWAWKBOX’s journalism has come on leaps and bounds this past year. As such it’s become a go-to source of thousands of us inspired by the resurgence of the left in main stream politics and hungry for radical change. Here’s to 2018 being a vintage year for SKWAWKBOX.
Clive Lewis MP, Norwich South
2017 saw a seismic shift in the political landscape and Labour now stands on the cusp of an historic victory that will herald a new direction not seen since 1945 and Skwawkbox has been there every step of the way.
Skwawkbox has been an essential compendium for anyone interested in the Labour Party’s policy direction. It has regularly broken news about Labour’s internal machinations as the party transitions from more than two decades of the discredited New Labour era to the progressive socialist future yearned for by hundreds of thousands of members and millions of supporters.
Skwawkbox champions the democratic rights of grassroots party members and will play an increasingly important role in 2018 as the public are increasingly inspired by the policy agenda articulated by Jeremy Corbyn.
Chris Williamson MP, Derby North
The Skwawkbox has repeatedly demonstrated that it is a true friend of the trade union movement.
In ensuring that those in, and outside of, the Trade Union and Labour movement know the true realities of why workers find themselves in struggle, Skwawkbox has become a vital voice to counter main stream media’s constant obsession with portraying Trade Unions, and their members, as the enemy within.
In the Birmingham Bins dispute Skwawkbox’s role in winning over public opinion should be congratulated by all.
Howard Beckett, Unite Deputy General Secretary
It’s noticeable that some journalists and politicians have been preoccupied with trying to denounce and smear Skwawkbox. Yet its popularity speaks for itself. Overlooked and taken for granted for many years by a RW media, literally millions of people are simply seizing the opportunity to broaden their primary sources of news & information to include the likes of Skwawkbox & The Canary. Skwawkbox has produced some great work in 2017, long may it continue.
Skwawkbox keeps me informed about developments within Labour that just aren’t covered by other outlets – the nitty gritty struggles that cumulatively decide the political balance of the party.
But in 2017 it also played a key role in the downfall of Paul Nuttall in Stoke, a pivotal moment in Corbyn’s leadership because losing Stoke would have been catastrophic. Nuttall became a joke, a totally discredited candidate, but that didn’t happen by accident.
I didn’t realise at the time that several of the stories exposing him as a fantasist were uncovered by the Skwawkbox.
Alex Nunns, author of The Candidate
Thanks to those who kindly contributed – and to all our readers and supporters who’ve made the events of the last year possible.
Of course, there are others in Parliament and elsewhere who would give you a different opinion. Centrist MPs including Ian Austin, Stella Creasy and Jess Phillips would give you a very different verdict.
That’s fine – as Oscar Wilde said, you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies and that certainly applies to blogs too.
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